Athletic Band Scholarships

How to Secure an Athletic Band Scholarship

Substantial scholarships are available for student participating in the Cardinal Marching Band and/or the Cardinal Basketball Bands, and the more athletic bands in which a student participates, the more scholarship dollars they receive. In order to qualify for a Cardinal Athletic Band Scholarship, students must:

  1. Have been accepted to North Central College
  2. Set up an audition with Dr. Kelley, Director of Athletic Bands, through the Admissions Office.
  3. At the audition, provide Dr. Kelley with 2 letters of recommendation from music professionals (these can be from band directors, private lessons teachers, church music directors, etc.) 
  4. Maintain enrollment and satisfactory attendance and academic performance in the courses (all Cardinal Athletic Bands are courses at North Central College) for which the student is receiving the scholarships.

Athletic Band auditions are two-part. First, students will complete a short interview with Dr. Kelley. Second, students will play excerpts from either their high school concert band, marching band, or pep band repertoire, or a solo for their instrument. No scales are required. 

Once the audition is completed, a scholarship recommendation will be sent to the Office of Financial Aid. When the comprehensive Financial Aid package for the student is complete, a letter will be sent detailing all scholarships offered, including the Cardinal Athletic Band scholarship.